Mitchell: Clinton’s Handling of Health Episode Made Things a Lot Worse

• September 12, 2016 7:27 am


NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell said Monday that the shifty way Hillary Clinton handled her latest medical episode had made the situation far worse for herself.

"There's never a good time for a candidate to get sick in the middle of a campaign, of course, but the way Clinton has handled this has likely made it a lot worse, especially since Donald Trump has been trying to make such a big issue out of her health," Mitchell said on Today.

Clinton's health has become a central focus of the 2016 campaign after a scare on Sunday, when she was forced to leave the Sept. 11 memorial event in New York City early and was videoed nearly fainting as she was helped into a van.

Her campaign initially left reporters in the dark about her whereabouts before revealing she was taken to her daughter Chelsea's apartment to recuperate, giving a statement that she was "overheated." She emerged hours later and went home to Chappaqua, New York, and she canceled campaign events in California on Monday and Tuesday to rest.

Eventually, a doctor revealed Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, the same week she had a widely seen coughing fit on the campaign trail.

In her report, Mitchell played a clip of a 2013 interview she had with Clinton about whether her health issues with blood clots would have any effect on her decision to run for president. Clinton said they didn't factor in.